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Borough of Northvale, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Northvale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Northvale, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°0′35″N 73°56′58″W / 41.00972°N 73.94944°W / 41.00972; -73.94944Coordinates: 41°0′35″N 73°56′58″W / 41.00972°N 73.94944°W / 41.00972; -73.94944
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 15, 1916
Government [1]
 - Type Borough
 - Mayor John S. Hogan (D, 2010)
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [2] 39 ft (12 m)
Population (2008)[3]
 - Total 4,719
 - Density 3,381.2/sq mi (1,305.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07647
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-53430[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885327[6]

Northvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 4,460.

Northvale was formed on March 15, 1916, from the remaining portions of Harrington Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 4, 1916. With the creation of Northvale, Harrington Township was dissolved. In 1923, portions of Northvale were transferred to Rockleigh.[7]



Northvale is located at 41°00′40″N 73°57′07″W / 41.011215°N 73.952080°W / 41.011215; -73.952080 (41.011215, -73.952080).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 387
1910 544 40.6%
1920 769 41.4%
1930 1,144 48.8%
1940 1,159 1.3%
1950 1,455 25.5%
1960 2,892 98.8%
1970 5,177 79.0%
1980 5,046 −2.5%
1990 4,563 −9.6%
2000 4,460 −2.3%
Est. 2008 4,719 [3] 5.8%
Population 1900 - 1990.[9][10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,460 people, 1,575 households, and 1,236 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,381.2 people per square mile (1,304.6/km2). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 1,210.0/sq mi (466.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.91% White, 0.76% African American, 0.07% Native American, 14.06% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population.

There were 1,575 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $72,500, and the median income for a family was $81,153. Males had a median income of $50,901 versus $37,563 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,206. About 2.4% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Northvale is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

The Mayor of the Borough of Northvale is John S. Hogan (D, term of office ends on December 31, 2010). Members of the Northvale Borough Council are Council President Lloyd Winans (R, 2010), Scott Furletti (R, 2009), Andrew Gullestad (R, 2010), Patrick Marana (D, 2008), Peter Perretti (D, 2008) and Roy Sokoloski (R, 2008).[11][12] Council member Joann Traub resigned abruptly in June 2008, leaving a vacancy on her seat that expires in 2009.[13] In July 2008, the council selected Peter Perretti, who had served on the council from 1980-1985, to fill the vacancy created by Traub's resignation.[14]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled two three-year seats and a one-year unexpired term on the borough council. Republican incumbent Lloyd Winans (703 votes) and running mate, newcomer Andrew Gullestad (624) won three-year terms, defeating Democrats Louis DeLisio (596) and William Sillery (552). Republican Roy Sokoloski (670) won the race for the open one-year unexpired term, defeating Democrat Elissa Walker (577). Roy Sokoloski was sworn in to fill the seat vacated by William Sillery, who ran and lost in the race for a three-year term. With Sokoloski taking office, the Republicans have broken the 3-3 split, and gained a 4-2 majority on the council.[15][16][17][18]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters selected a mayor and filled two seats on the borough council. As of Election Day, the council was evenly split with three Democrats and three Republicans, in a community in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6-5 margin. Democrat John S. Hogan (847 votes), a former mayor and council member, ousted Republican incumbent John E. Rooney (787), who had been mayor since 1991 and also served as mayor from 1979-1986. Incumbent democrat JoAnn Traub (848) won re-election and Republican newcomer Scott Furletti (820) was also elected to serve on the 2007 council, edging their respective running mates Democrat Gerard McNerney (776) and Republican Deborah S. Butti (749).[19][20][21][22]

Federal, state and county representation

Northvale is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.[23]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, covering the northern portions of Bergen County, Passaic County and Sussex County and all of Warren County, is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the Assembly by John E. Rooney (R, Northvale) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[24] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[25]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[26] The executive, along with the seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders administer all county business. As of 2008, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman James M. Carroll (D, Demarest), Vice-Chairwoman Julie O'Brien (D, Ramsey), Elizabeth Calabrese (D, Wallington), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn), Bernadette P. McPherson (D, Rutherford), Tomas J. Padilla (D, Park Ridge) and Vernon Walton (D, Englewood).[27]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[28]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 4,571 in Northvale, there were 2,628 registered voters (57.5% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 574 (21.8% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 465 (17.7% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 1,588 (60.4% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.[29]

On the national level, Northvale leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 56% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 43%.[30]


The Northvale Public Schools serve students in grades K through 8. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[31]) are Thomas Jefferson School for grades K-4 (223 students) and Nathan Hale School for grades 5-8 (354).

Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan which serves students from Rockleigh, Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan. The high school is part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Closter, Demarest and Haworth at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest.


County Route 505 passes through Northvale.


The television show Ed, which ran from 2000 - 2004, was filmed in Northvale. The interior and exterior shots for "Stuckeybowl" were filmed at the now closed and demolished bowling alley, formerly known as "Country Club Lanes".[32] Housing for 55+ now exists on the lot.

In the 2008 USA Network series In Plain Sight, during the episode, Stan by Me, two FBI agents are murdered and a federally protected witness is kidnapped in Northvale.


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  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Northvale, Geographic Names Information System, accessed November 29, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Northvale, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 13, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
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  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 82.
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  12. ^ "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory", Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 54. Accessed July 5, 2008.
  13. ^ Yellin, Deena. "Councilwoman resigns, citing differences with colleagues", The Record (Bergen County), June 13, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2008. "Northvale Councilwoman Joann Traub has resigned abruptly, leaving the Democratic County Committee scrambling for candidates to replace her."
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  15. ^ "Northvale municipal elections", The Record (Bergen County), November 3, 2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  16. ^ "Northvale election results", The Record (Bergen County), November 6, 2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  17. ^ Yellin, Deena. "Northvale GOP vindicated by wins", The Record (Bergen County), November 8, 2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  18. ^ Bergen County election results, The Record (Bergen County), November 7, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  19. ^ Northvale Election Guide, The Record (Bergen County), November 1, 2006.
  20. ^ Northvale election results, The Record (Bergen County), November 8, 2006.
  21. ^ Bergen County 2006 General Election Results, accessed February 1, 2007.
  22. ^ Bergen voters favor civility in a mayor, The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2006.
  23. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 61. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  24. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  25. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  26. ^ Bergen County Executive, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  27. ^ Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  28. ^ Constitutional Officers, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  29. ^ "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," Bergen County, New Jersey, dated April 1, 2006.
  30. ^ 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety: Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.
  31. ^ Data for the Northvale Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 28, 2008.
  32. ^ Galant, Debra. " Bowling, Once a First Date, Now Takes Back Seat", The New York Times, December 10, 2000. Accessed November 28, 2007. "And the most famous bowling house in New Jersey is the fictional Stuckeybowl, a defunct bowling alley in Northvale, which is now the set of the NBC series Ed."


  • "History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923;" by "Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942."
  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.

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